WPAOG Welcomes Darwin Haines ’86 as Chief Operating Officer

  Darwin Haines '86, COO WPAOG

WPAOG is pleased to announce that Darwin Haines ’86 has joined us as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining WPAOG, Haines was Senior Vice President at Tripp Lite, where he was responsible for the general management of Tripp Lite’s international business, including offices in Mexico, South America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. Before working at Tripp Lite, Haines worked at the mobile phone division of Motorola, where he held positions in the U.S. and Germany as Six Sigma Marketing Master Black Belt and Director of Global Distributor Channel. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1986, Haines was commissioned as an aviation officer, and served eleven years in the U.S. Army, leaving as a Major. Following his military service Haines pursued a career in the private sector, holding various senior roles in engineering, sales and global product marketing at Gast Manufacturing (IDEX Corporation) and Enerpac (Actuant Corporation).  In 2001, Haines received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read More.

Get Your Army-Navy Spirit On!

  Army Uniform

It’s not just the Corps getting ready for the Army-Navy game! Check out this sampling of spirit videos.

Army West Point to Play in Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec. 27


The Army West Point football team is heading back to Texas after accepting a bid to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl held at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 27. Army will face off against North Texas with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. Eastern Time. The game will be carried live on ESPN. The Black Knights' most recent bowl game was in 2010 when Army defeated SMU 16-14 to win the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Tickets are on sale now at GoArmyWestPoint!

Branch Night for the Class of 2017


On Nov. 17, First Class cadets learned in which of the Army’s 17 branches they will be serving for at least the next eight years. According to this year’s satisfaction rates, the Branch Education and Mentorship Program is meeting its goals: 78 percent of cadets in the Class of 2017 received their top branch choice and 97 percent received one of their top five choices. MG(R) Mark Hamilton ’67 was the guest speaker and several members of the 50-Year Affiliation Class were present to support the event. Full story and branch allocation stats.

Remember West Point for Your End-of-Year Giving

  Cadet at Desk

As another year comes to an end, please consider West Point and WPAOG for your end-of-year giving. Gifts and support from alumni, parents, families, and friends sustain the Margin of Excellence and the ties that bind all hearts in gray. Without private funding, the West Point experience would not be what it is today. Make your gift today to the program or fund that matters most to you. Every gift makes a difference for the Corps of Cadets and Long Gray Line.

Cadet Class Officers Luncheon at WPAOG

  West Point Class Officer Lunch at WPAOG

On Dec. 2, WPAOG hosted the Cadet Class Officers as well as Company representatives and Class Advisors and OICs. At the Class Officers Luncheon, cadets have the opportunity to meet our staff, tour the building and attend breakout sessions to discuss the ways in which WPAOG serves them, as well as how they can serve their classmates during cadet years and after graduation. Photos.

WPAOG Board, Advisory Council Election Results

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting Nov. 22, twelve members were elected to positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council. They will serve their terms from January 1, 2017, until December 31, 2019. Election Results


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Class of 2017 Rhodes, Marshall, Schwarzman Scholars Announced

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CDT Christian Nattiel was named as one of 32 U.S. 2017 Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Scholarship is an international award for graduate study at the University of Oxford. CDT Sam Ruppert will be a Marshall Scholar, one of up to 40 young Americans selected to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. CDTs Mark McGinnis, Collin Parker, Timothy McLaughlin, Bethany Russell, and Don Dalisay were named as Schwarzman Scholars. Schwarzman Scholars receive an award for a year of graduate study at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Austin ’75, Perkins ’80 in Class of 1983 Lecture Series


As part of the Class of 1983 Lecture Series, the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership hosted a professional development session for the USMA Classes of 2017 and 2018 on Nov.17. GEN (R) Lloyd Austin ’75 and GEN David Perkins ’80 (Commander, TRADOC) led a discussion about combat decision-making. Austin moderated the event while Perkins discussed the leadership lessons he learned during the “Thunder Runs” of the Battle of Baghdad.

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Looking for that special West Point gift? Are you ready for that Bowl Game? We’ve got the gifts and the gear!

Order online or call 800.426.4725 by December 16 (standard) or December 19 (priority) to guarantee holiday delivery.

USMA Cyber Policy Team Takes First Place at Columbia Challenge

  Cyber Team Win

The USMA Cyber Policy Team placed first at the Inaugural NY Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge at Columbia University on Nov. 6. Competing against 21 other teams, mostly from graduate schools, the USMA team was the only undergraduate team to make it to the finals, beating three other teams (two from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and one from Tuft's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy). The cadets formed an interdisciplinary team that drew upon their knowledge of international affairs, cybersecurity, national security, and international law to demonstrate their mastery of policy concepts in the cyber domain.

A Legacy of Giving


The late Conrad L. Crane and his wife Evelyn, parents of LTC (R) Conrad C. Crane ’74, epitomize devotion to West Point and to Army football. The Cranes have been continuous donors to West Point and members of Army A Club for more than 50 years. Dedicated Army football fans, they have witnessed around 600 games, including games in Tokyo and Ireland. Mr. Crane passed away in 2015, and Mrs. Crane continues to give, maintaining the remarkable legacy she and her husband began decades ago. We are truly fortunate to have the Cranes as part of the West Point family.

Order Your Register of Graduates Today!


The 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets, the first and most historic publication of the West Point Association of Graduates, has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. This ultimate West Point reference book is a wealth of information on all 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including 218 graduating class mottos and crests, West Point ancestry, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Makes a great gift. Order yours today at the WPAOG Gift Shop!

2017 Edition of TAPS Now Available


TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. A limited number of copies of the 2016 edition are also still available for purchase. Please call 845.446.1545 to order now. Advance orders for the 2017 edition may be placed online.

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